The PC release of Grand Theft Auto V has been pushed back for a third time.

The game is now scheduled to launch on April 14. It was initially expected on January 27, then delayed until March 24.

“Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC,” said Rockstar.

“As a gesture of thanks for your understanding, we will grant anyone who has pre-ordered the game an additional $200,000 in-game cash for use in GTA Online.

“The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is our most graphically and technically advanced version yet, fully optimized to support a broad range of current hardware and features a host of PC-specific enhancements including greater levels of detail, deep configuration options and ultra-high-definition support – as well as the powerful new Rockstar Editor for recording, staging and editing original custom videos," it added.

The developer also announced a release date for the game’s highly-anticipated Heists mode, which will launch as DLC for the game's console versions on March 10 and be available from launch on PC.

"We know it's been a wait, and appreciate your patience," said Rockstar.

"Heists will bring a brand new 4-player cooperative gameplay experience to GTA Online, giving players the chance to team up to pull off a string of intense, multi-part raids and robberies across Los Santos and Blaine County.

"Over the next couple of weeks, we will have more information about the launch of Heists and about other new features that we will release with it."